OS X Exploits and Defense: Own it...Just Like Windows or Linux! by Paul BaccasOS X Exploits and Defense: Own it...Just Like Windows or Linux! by Paul Baccas

OS X Exploits and Defense: Own it...Just Like Windows or Linux!

byPaul Baccas, Kevin Finisterre, Larry H.

Paperback | April 25, 2008

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Contrary to popular belief, there has never been any shortage of Macintosh-related security issues. OS9 had issues that warranted attention. However, due to both ignorance and a lack of research, many of these issues never saw the light of day. No solid techniques were published for executing arbitrary code on OS9, and there are no notable legacy Macintosh exploits. Due to the combined lack of obvious vulnerabilities and accompanying exploits, Macintosh appeared to be a solid platform. Threats to Macintosh's OS X operating system are increasing in sophistication and number. Whether it is the exploitation of an increasing number of holes, use of rootkits for post-compromise concealment or disturbed denial of service, knowing why the system is vulnerable and understanding how to defend it is critical to computer security.

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  • Cuts through the hype with a serious discussion of the security vulnerabilities of the Mac OS X operating system
  • Reveals techniques by which OS X can be "owned"
  • Details procedures to defeat these techniques
  • Offers a sober look at emerging threats and trends
Paul Baccas is a researcher at Sophos plc, the UK security company. After reading Engineering Science at Exeter College, Oxford, he worked in various technical roles at Sophos, and is now mainly engaged in spam research. He is a frequent contributor to Virus Bulletin.Kevin Finisterre is the former Head of Research and Co-founder of SNO...
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Title:OS X Exploits and Defense: Own it...Just Like Windows or Linux!Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 25, 2008Publisher:Syngress PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:159749254X

ISBN - 13:9781597492546

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Table of Contents

1. Overview: The OS X operating system
2. Current and past threats
3. Vulnerabilities
4. Malicious Code
5. Exploit development and research
6. Rootkits
7. Defense and protection
8. Detecting malicious code; rootkits
9. Protecting against exploits
10. Locking down services and firewall policies
11. Future threats and malicious advancements facing OS X